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, grenades and mortars rain down among a remote outpost in eastern afghanistan. deep in a valley. the taliban had found a perfect target. combat outpost keating. one of the most vulnerable american military outposts in afghanistan. studied by the enemy since it was set up three years before. as seen in the taliban's own video. time and again since the post was created in 2006, its defenses were tested by the taliban. but on that october morning in 2009, the enemy staged its fiercest attack yet. the high ground and their vastly superior numbers gave the taliban a huge advantage. eight americans would be killed in a battle that lasted from dawn till dusk. and would come to symbolize the end of a military strategy to hold remote mountainous outposts constantly under attack. but from the blood and embers, these faces of heroism. soldiers laying down their lives for their brothers. bravery rarely matched in american military history. good evening. i'm jake tapper. in the more than 11 years that the united states has been fighting in afghanistan, more than 2,000 americans have been killed in that w
everywhere. you just couldn't pick them out fast enough. >> october 2009. up to 400 taliban fighters unleash a torrent of withering fire upon a remote u.s. outpost in eastern afghanistan. combat out post keating sat at the bottom of a valley that was both beautiful and deadly. it was one of the most valnerable bases in afghanistan. >> when you look at the manual and look in to find the definition of finding a defensible spot, this is the total opposite of it. >> the attack so fierce in the end more than half of the 53 u.s. troops at the outpost were killed or wounded, but as buildings burned and the enemy ran freely through the outpost, soldiers became heroes. one in particular. >> i know that there's so many great soldiers out there that would have stepped in to my shoes and done the same thing. >> real american hero. you can catch jake tapper's report tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern. thanks very much for watching. we'll see you again. piers morgan tonight starts now. >>> tonight, a chilling murder manifesto. the threat to bring unconventional and assim ymmetr war fare. the suspect, one of th
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